In his day, back in 16th-century Johannes Kepler was a star himself. The German mastered his chosen fields of mathematics, astronomy, and astrology and he famously formulated and published three laws of planetary motion. Now the Hamburg-based Montblanc Maison Artisan Atelier is paying tribute to their fellow German with the High Artistry Homage to Johannes Kepler Limited Edition Collection. The collection includes three limited edition designs and one unique piece with an astronomical price tag. The star of the series is the Montblanc Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 – that would send you back a pretty $1.5 million.
This unique creation as its name suggests is a limited edition of one. For this hefty price tag, you get a writing instrument wrapped in 570 diamonds and 5,294 blue sapphires arranged to evoke the Milky Way in the night sky. There are a lot of artwork and engraved decorations on the pen. The fountain pen features a nib engraved with the constellation Ophiuchus, which Kepler wrote about in his 1606 publication De Stella Nova, while the bottom of the cone features the orbit of Mars from Astronomia Nova.
An extraordinary 6.2-carat Montblanc-cut D-flawless diamond rests on the pen’s cap surrounded by three diamond-set white gold rings representing Kepler’s three laws. There are more diamonds – a single diamond is set on both the precious AU750 nib and the compass as a reminder of Kepler’s lifelong studying for stars.
Also part of the $1.5 million price tag is a porcelain made pen star and a pair of cufflinks. To create a pen stand fit for a unique writing instrument, Montblanc partnered with Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. “The off-white biscuit porcelain has been manually shaped like the 17th century scrolled collar Kepler wore, on top of which is set an open porcelain scroll showcasing a drawing of the astronomer’s planetary movement.” The Montblanc Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 matching cufflinks, shaped like Kepler’s platonic model of the solar system feature VVS1-grade Montblanc diamonds of 1.71carat and 1.72 carat at their centre. Their white gold structure is set with a total of 262 round diamonds, giving these rare pieces added brilliance.
The base model of the collection, the Johannes Kepler High Pede Serpentari Limited Edition 39 ($48,130), is limited to just 39 examples worldwide. Next up is the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Astronomia Nova Limited Edition 9 ($140,000), is limited to nine pieces. This one looks a lot like the Stella Nova and features a representation of Ophiuchus and Sagittarius on its barrel (below).